Kaona Mercer

                                                   Coach Kaona Mercer

Kaona Mercer is a home grown athlete SC Midlands, formerly SC Juniors.  Kaona grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and while playing at AC Flora High School, Kaona picked up club volleyball for the first time as a 9th grade athlete at the Plex.  She took to the sport quickly, worked throughout high school to pay for club, and quickly progressed to our top teams. Playing all four of her high school years at Plex, Kaona became a formidable force on our 18's Elite team.  Letters of interest started pouring in from The University of North Carolina Charlotte, Francis Marion, Radford, College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina.

After examining offers, Kaona chose to pursue an offer at  The Citadel. She played at The Citadel for three years, and even as a sophomore in 2010, Kaona became the kill leader for her team. She appeared in 99 sets leading the team in kills (232), kills per set (2.34) and total attacks (628) among 2011 returnees.  As a defensive force, she had 68 total blocks (62 assisted blocks) along with 33 digs. Kaona graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education, and she is currently pursuing her masters in public health. Kaona was born in Germany and is the daughter of Spalvera and Kenneth Mercer.